|Director of Special Education|
Ms. Ashby has spent her whole life in the public school system. She was raised and attended public schools in Auburn, Illinois. After high school graduation (class of 1982), she attended Illinois State University to study Speech-Language Pathology. Ms. Ashby received her B.A. in December of 1985 and her M.S. in August 1987 and began her career as a public school speech-language pathologist. For several years, she was employed in three small central Illinois school districts, as the only speech pathologist for 7 buildings of students. During this tenure, she learned to appreciate the different school cultures and to enjoy the quiet time of being "itinerant" (a lot of travel time). She also worked as a National Park Service Ranger at the Lincoln Home in Springfield during summers and school vacations, including helping to develop some classroom curriculum and site visit experiences for elementary school students.